Beechwood from the Church Tower

These fairly modern photos have arrived at the museum via a roundabout route. I’m afraid we have no way of knowing, for sure, who the original photographer was. All three show a similar scene during the building of what was known as the Grove Farm Estate.

The area of Beechwood from the church tower in Market Lavington (1)

The area of Beechwood from the church tower in Market Lavington (1)

In this first photo work has clearly started on this part of the new housing estate. The route of Grove Road can be seen and items of builder’s equipment. A site hut, diggers and dumpers and some heaps of building materials are in place.

At the top left we can see the houses on Northbrook Close and the beech wood crosses the middle of the photo.

Moving forward in time we have photo number two.

The area of Beechwood from the church tower in Market Lavington (2)

The area of Beechwood from the church tower in Market Lavington (2)

The view is very similar and clearly building work has gone on. The house which stands on what is now Beechwood looks more or less complete and nestles under the beech wood. Work is going on nearer the churchyard, on what eventually became Roman Way and Saxon Close after an archaeological dig revealed important sites for both eras.

Our photographer (or maybe a different one) was not quite so accurate in composing picture three.

The area of Beechwood from the church tower in Market Lavington (3)

The area of Beechwood from the church tower in Market Lavington (3)

Many of the new houses are nearing completion, both down on Beechwood and in the nearer areas of Roman Way and Saxon Close

These photos date from around 1990 which is, of course, a quarter of a century ago.

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